Ivan “Pudge” Rodriguez has rejoined the Texas Rangers as a Special Assistant to the General Manager, instructor, and ambassador, the team announced on Thursday.
Twenty-one years have passed in Arlington since the arrival of a pudgy 19-year-old Puerto Rican kid.
The greatest Texas Ranger ever deserves to be in baseball’s Hall of Fame. Rumors be damned.
Uttering the words “Today is a very hard day for me” Ivan ‘Pudge’ Rodriguez officially retired as a Texas Rangers during a press conference at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on Monday.
Ivan ‘Pudge’ Rodriguez is not getting into the Baseball Hall of Fame. This obviously has nothing to do with credentials.
In 1999, he was the American League Most Valuable Player. And from the time he arrived in Arlington as a 19-year-old in 1991 he set the standard for Rangers’ catchers past, present and future
In honor of Ivan ‘Pudge’ Rodriguez’s retirement ceremony at Rangers Ballpark tonight, New School’s Jasmine wrote and performed a song for the catching legend.
‘Pudge’ plans to announce his retirement on Monday, ending a 21-year major league career that included a record 13 Gold Gloves at catcher.
Ivan Rodriguez plans to announce his retirement Monday, ending a 21-year major league career that included a record 13 Gold Gloves at catcher.
In the mind of at least one Rangers fan (the author), Ivan Rodriguez will always be a 19-year-old called up from Oklahoma City so fast he had to postpone his wedding. He’ll always be the pudgy kid who earned his nickname for a reason, and will always be the catcher with the magic arm that almost picked off Rickey Henderson at second base on July 2, 1991.
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